The energy and passion that exists in a true entrepreneur is contagious. The vision is being created and the dreams of success are plentiful. The start-up phase shouldn’t be confused with “I g ot an idea” stage. Start-ups are real — whether it’s just you and your basement or a couple of employees in a modest office space. Real investments. Real issues. Real challenges. Real excitement! You’ve taken the step and made the commitment. This isn’t a “we’ll see if this works in my spare time” initiative.